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Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/8/2014 8:34:41 AM
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Re: Smart Comments
@Toby, last year I had a conversation with Manel Sanromà, the city's CIO who works directly with Vives. He told me that if he received just 10% of the IT vendors trying to sell them another Smart City pilot, he would have no time to do anything else.

Some big names have been offering Barcelona their solutions for free just for the piublicity.

Toby
Toby  
4/3/2014 1:37:07 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Smart Comments
@Pablo: Re "when he declared that he doesn'twant any more pilots." I can just imagine the pushback he got from all the city contract IT vendors who see that gravy train slowly leaving the station once and for all. He sounds like a man I could like....even if I could not do a pilot with him :)

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/3/2014 7:37:16 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Smart Comments
@Toby, one of the first things the new administration under Xavier Trias did was consolidate all the IT inititatives under one roof, Urban Habitat, managed by Antoni Vives. Basically he eliminated the "silos".

He explained the concept during the Smart Cities Congress last October, when he declared that he doesn't want any more pilots.

Toby
Toby  
4/3/2014 6:36:18 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Smart Comments
@pablo: Re "What Vives doesn't want is more pilots from tech companies just trying to sell something, he wants real solutions" Well Yeah. That's what his mission really is and that should be the same for all public servants of the city, making the city experience better. Here in London the city is managed by two dozen boroughs, each of whom have their own priorities and none of whom really talk to each other unless mandated. The disparity in service levels is striiking and the waste is shocking -- and I don't mean just litter. So much could be acheived with a coherent strategy and shared data. The possibilties are endless, the technology is here but the politics always keeps it tantalisingly out of reach.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/2/2014 1:14:10 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Smart Comments
Toby, Dublin is a much smaller city than Barcelona, and installing around 1000 sensors to solve problems will not hurt.

Last year I wrote about Santander, which has 12,000 sensors around the city under the pavement, on street lamps, in rubbish bins, and on city buses. It helps the city to save power, manage rubish collection, organize parking, etc. It is a different model for a different city, and it works.

And Barcelona has sensors too, many of them and the city is continously looking for ways to make use of that technology. What Vives doesn't want is more pilots from tech companies just trying to sell something, he wants real solutions.

Toby
Toby  
4/2/2014 9:56:38 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Big Data - Big Secrets
And yes, Edward Snowden has certainly become a sort of hero to many even though the Wikileaks site which surfaced his material has been cast into shadow by the case against Assange. Will he get a Nobel? Well POTUS got one didn't he?

Toby
Toby  
4/2/2014 9:54:34 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Smart Comments
You have to admire the sentiment behind " I don't want to talk about devices. I don't want to talk about sensors. I want to talk about solutions that are meaningful to my mother. " as that sentiment is so clearly missing from much of our public services sectors. Now relate that set of comments to the Dublin post here and ask yourself "Which city do I want to live in?"

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
4/1/2014 7:44:16 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Smart Relationships between Cities and Carriers
I agree Pablo, we need regulation and a body who updates and enforces the adherence to the regulation. The collectors of Big data need to be audited to make sure they are following the regulations. Clear fines and consequences need to be establish and enforced for those who do not comply with the regulations.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/1/2014 4:22:00 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Eixample
Yes, the name Raval certainly caught on. They tried to rename "Hell's Kitchen" as "Clinton" in New York, but it didn't work!

I wonder how much of the old Barri Xines is left. I remember lots of streets being widened and buildings torn down. Of course, the old Barri Xines was not a very healthy place, to say the least.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
4/1/2014 6:41:43 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Smart Relationships between Cities and Carriers
"I'm wondering how the process of anonymized sharing occurs"

@Peter J, there is no real anonymization! Mobile carriers can use Big Data to mine a lot of information, and then provide aggregate info to others.

For example they can tell the city how many people have used their cars on a specific route at a certain time, and how many of them went home for lunch, plus their home district or originating city, without identifying anyone.

But the carriers can create an infinite number of data sets, and the fact that we carry a tracker in our pockets is scary. That is why we need strict regulations about what kind of data they can collect, for how long, and how they can share it.

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